Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
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He Is A Predatory Striker - Messi On Why Ronaldo Keeps Scoring

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, says he is not surprised by Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible run of form in Serie A this season.

Ronaldo, who turned 35 this month, has found the back of the net in 11 consecutive league games and has 24 goals to his name so far this season in all competitions.

Messi, on his part, has failed to score in his last four games for Barcelona, although he has provided six assists for his teammates in that period.

The Argentine, who has 14 league goals for Barcelona in 19 appearances, has now stated that he is not surprised by Ronaldo's scoring rate, as the Portuguese star has made goalscoring an obsession.

"It's normal that he continues to score, he is a predatory striker, he loves to score, any day he plays he will score," Messi said when asked about Ronaldo's recent performances in a chat with Mundo Deportivo.

"He has many good attributes as a forward and at the minimum, he converts."

In a recent interview, Messi's former teammate, Carles Puyol, backed the six-time Ballon d'Or winner to play until he is 38 and Messi has suggested he could play till his late 30s, as he is still feeling good at 32.

"We will see, we will see," the Argentine said when asked if he could play until he is 40.

"The reality is that one is turning years old and does not know, but I feel very good, better than in previous years, and that I am not making goals, but on a physical level and legs I feel very good," he added.

Real Madrid is currently top of La Liga, one point and one place above Barcelona, but Messi believes the battle for first will go down to the wire.

"It is true that it is a year that in the league both Madrid and we are being very irregular, where we lost many points and in that sense, I think we will be fighting until the end and that the league does not end after El Classico, whatever happens," Messi said.

"There will be important matches. We have hard outings and they do too.

"Afterwards, it is true that if we want to qualify for the Champions League we have to continue growing a lot because I think that today it is not enough for us to fight for the Champions League."

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